Future London Leaders Round Six
The sixth round of the Future London Leaders Programme will begin in October 2013 and will finish in March 2014. Profiles of the sixth round candidates are available below.
“My planning career has developed through working for Councils in the North and East of London on both development control and policy sides. My role has evolved into providing a strategic lead for local plan work currently in relation to Area Action Plans and Neighbourhood Planning. I believe that planning plays a vital role in improving peoples’ lives – but it’s about getting the right ingredients in place. I’m hoping that the FLL programme will help me to do that by giving me access to successful leaders in the field, delving into schemes that work well, reviewing best practice and looking at what skills I need to develop.”
Economic Development Manager, LB Hackney
“I have worked in local economic development and place shaping for over seven years across a range of organisations including a housing association, BID, and regeneration consultancy. Since 2011 I have worked for LB Hackney and have recently been appointed to Economic Development Manager where my responsibilities include employment and skills, Council’s S106 programme and the delivery of sub-regional programmes . I am looking forward to participating in the FLL programme to develop my management skills, build upon my professional networks as well as benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of mentors and colleagues in the sector.”
View Zoe’s LinkedIn profile.
“I’ve worked at Transport for London in the Borough Planning team for the past two years having previously worked at a North East Local Authority. I am very keen in thinking about the development of transport planning and regeneration of London more holistically. I have an interest in the focus of planners as enablers, having looked previously at the implications of recent reforms on the decision making process through my Masters in Town Planning Dissertation. I look forward to debating these policy issues through this programme to foster the development of innovative deliverable solutions to urban planning challenges. I hope to obtain important leadership skills, to make a real positive difference in London’s development.”
View Andrew’s LinkedIn profile.
“I’ve worked in various roles at Croydon since 2005, but always in planning. As most officers fresh from university, I started with the bread and butter house extensions, to flats, supermarkets, large residential tower blocks and more recently a shopping centre. I’ve seen Croydon change a lot since I’ve been here and it really is on the cusp of something special and I’m excited to be a part of it. The Future London Leaders programme comes at the perfect time for me. I’m keen to learn about wide regeneration and development issues across London as a whole and to develop my leadership skills set.”
“I have worked in the field of domestic sustainability for 10 years. For the last four of these I have managed RE:NEW, which is the Mayor of London’s domestic retrofit programme. Through RE:NEW we work with local authorities and housing associations to catalyse and enable the installation of energy efficiency measures in London’s homes. I’m excited about the Future London Leaders Programme and the opportunity it offers to develop my leadership and management skills. In particular, I’m looking forward to meeting people from other areas of housing and sharing our knowledge and experience to develop and implement new ideas and improve London’s housing stock.”
View Rachael’s LinkedIn profile.
“I am the Area Regeneration Manager for north Tottenham. This is a challenging and complex role and it requires leading, overseeing and delivering a range of estate regeneration, transport infrastructure, economic renewal and physical development projects in one of London’s biggest growth areas. The Future London Leaders Programme offers a great opportunity to expand my regeneration knowledge through working and engaging with colleagues throughout London who are working on a wide and diverse range of programmes and projects.”
“I have been working in planning policy for just over 8 years, I started off in a rural borough council and since 2008 I’ve been working in the planning policy team with the London Borough of Southwark. Through out my career I have always had a strong interest in environmental and sustainability issues and I have spent the majority of my time at Southwark researching the evidence base and drafting policies for these topics. The FLL programme is a great opportunity for me to develop my skills as a project lead and learn how to successfully influence a wide range of audiences. I’m excited to meet new people from a wide variety of backgrounds and learn more about the different roles that contribute to the development of London.”
“I started my career working in commercial property development overseeing the building of enterprise centres which are small office and workshop units let on flexible terms, primarily target at new start up companies. I then transferred across to residential development working for Kingfisher Housing Association and now Home Group. I am looking forward to networking with other professionals and getting a good overview of innovative projects that are being worked on in and around London. I am also hoping the leadership programme will help keep up to date with relevant legislation and good practice techniques and guidance.”
“My background is in Accountancy, financial planning, and capital investment. I have worked in the not for profit sector for the past 8 years on various capital projects in the arts sector (Southbank Centre regeneration was one highlight) and in the housing sector in particular for 4 years. Prior to that I worked in the private sector for property and FMCG companies. My current role is Head of Financial Planning at Genesis Housing Association and the key elements of my job are long term business planning, financial lead on large regeneration and development projects, and in some major corporate transactions.”
“I am an experienced local government officer with a successful track record in project delivery. Over the years I have honed skills in procurement, business planning and project management, but much of my work has been ‘at the coal face’. I am at a point in my career now, as a seasoned practitioner, that I need to start looking more at the strategic context of policy development, particularly in the light of the many challenges and changes ahead for local government organisations, particularly in London. I hope to learn more about how my actions, directly or indirectly can have a real, positive impact on the lives of Borough residents.”
Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet
Planning Policy Officer, LB Ealing
“As part of the Planning Policy team at the London Borough of Ealing, I’m responsible for leading on a portfolio of projects that concentrate on delivery of major development sites, including negotiations on complex, non-routine proposals. My current focus is on production and implementation of the Southall Opportunity Area Planning Framework, a joint project with the GLA/TfL that will deliver 6000 new homes and 3000 new jobs as part of the wider £10 million regeneration programme for the area. I’m keen to take my leadership skills to the next level and also learn from others about developing innovative approaches and leveraging investment to support lasting positive change in challenging areas of London.”
“I have worked in Development Management at Harrow Council since 2003 and was appointed to my current role in 2008. In my role I am responsible for managing an area team, overseeing the processing of all of the applications in the team and I attend planning committee on a regular basis. Recently there has been a renewed interest in development within the borough. Developers’ confidence appears to be rising and there are many exciting projects coming forward within the “Heart of Harrow” which is the designated priority area for regeneration. The Council has a new Local Development Framework that will serve to assist the regeneration of this area as well as ensuring development as a whole is planned for proactively.
I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Future London Leaders programme. I am looking forward to networking with other colleagues within the programme, and share knowledge and experience. I am hoping to attain new leadership skills and management qualities that I can apply to the projects that I am involved with.”
“With experience in both the private and public sector as a planning consultant and officer, respectively, I currently manage and empower a team of enforcement planning officers. I am responsible for driving increased performance results, raising public awareness and instilling confidence in the work of the team from team members and partners alike. I look forward to the learning opportunities and exposure afforded by this programme; and meeting, networking and sharing skills with like-minded professionals.”
Environmental Sustainability Officer, LB Tower Hamlets
“I have worked in the Strategy, Regenerationa and Sustainability team at London Borough of Tower Halmets for over 4 years, having spent in the private sector working on the environmetal, energy and sustainability impacts of major development proposals.
My role at LBTH involves leading on energy and sustainability planning policies, managing and developing the Councils district heating facilities and delivery of energy, sustainability and fuel poverty projects. The Future London Leaders programme offers me the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and management qualities that will be useful in the successful delivery of these projects.”
“I have recently joined the LB Lambeth as a Principal Planner in the Major Projects Team. I hope to use the Future London Leaders programme and my experience of working on and coordinating a number of major projects in my previous role at LB Redbridge to fulfil this role. Such projects included the preparation of Area Action Plans and masterplans for major infrastructure schemes, site specific housing schemes, delivery of new and expanded schools and all aspects of Crossrail delivery in the borough.
The Future London Leaders programme is an excellent opportunity to develop my leadership, communication and organisational skills, enabling me to make that ‘step-up’ to managerial level. The mix of training, discussions and networking will provide opportunities to work alongside and be challenged by colleagues, helping to refine my negotiation skills. This aspect is particularly pertinent in the current economic climate with tight timescales for delivery, budgetary pressures and often contrasting points of view.”
To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.